Sylvia Cardoso Leão

Sylvia Cardoso Leão, MD, MSc, PhD



Sylvia Cardoso Leão was born in 1952 in São Paulo, Brazil. She studied medicine at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. After graduation, she joined Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil, for a residency in Internal Medicine, in 1978-9.

Between 1979 and 1989 she worked as Internist at different Hospitals in São Paulo and also in private practice. Her research activities began with studies on cancer metastasis at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (São Paulo branch), between 1983 and 1988. She obtained a Master Degree in Clinical Gastroenterology by the University of São Paulo, in 1988.

Between 1989 and 1994 she moved to Bogotá, Colombia, with her family. There she began her research activities in tuberculosis at the Immunology Institute from the National University of Colombia and prepared a PhD thesis. In 1993, she attained a PhD Degree in Sciences (Microbiology and Immunology) by the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil.

In 1996, Sylvia Cardoso Leão was appointed Professor of the Discipline of Microbiology of the Federal University of São Paulo. She is the Head of this Discipline since 2005.

She was a founder member of RELACTB, a Tuberculosis Research Network for Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, created in 1995.

Other scientific interests are non-tuberculous micobacteria – molecular methods for species identification, standardization of typing techniques – and the study of outbreaks after surgical and cosmetic interventions.

Sylvia Cardoso Leão, MD, PhD Professor and Head: Disciplina de Microbiologia Universidade Federal de São Paulo Rua Botucatu, 862 3o andar 04023-062 – São Paulo, SP, BRAZIL Tel: + 55 11 55764537 Fax: + 55 11 55724711